Like many emerging artists in their early careers, Ronald Ventura tended to sell everything he produced right away. Now that his reputation is established and he is dreaming of setting up a contemporary art museum in Manila one day in the soon future, the 39-year-old Filipino auction star finds himself in the position of going to collectors to buy back key pieces. The prices for his art have been skyrocketing into some serious numbers. Grayground, a large-scale graphite, oil and acrylic painting of horses in the midst of battle, was sold to a phone bidder at Sotheby’s Hong Kong for $1.1 million – the highest auction price recorded for a contemporary southeast Asian painting at the time.
See some of his work in the gallery above and for more images, check out the website of Galerie Perrotin. The gallery is showcasing Ronald Ventura’s ‘VOIDS and CAGES’ from the 3rd of April until the 11th of May. If you have the chance you should go and see some of his work up close.
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